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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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English


Episodes

Stuart Lancaster Interview

5/27/2022
The fine margins between success and disappointment can be extremely unforgiving at the highest level of competitive sport. A man who has experienced this on both sides is former England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster. His Leinster side plays in the European Champions Cup this weekend. Reflecting on both his time with England and more recent successes at Leinster, with whom he has won five trophies, he speaks to Today’s Garry Richardson. (Image Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association)

Duration:00:16:18

Help with the rising cost of living

5/27/2022
Short-term pain relief for the British economy, which some fear will send us back to the 1970s, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £400 discount on all energy bills as a temporary fix to help measure the cost of living, while also stating that we will get through it. Labour's shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, has stated that second homeowners should not receive additional benefits from the energy bill discount, she suggested a longer-term plan was needed to keep household energy costs...

Duration:00:20:46

Congressman suggests increasing school security in response to shooting

5/26/2022
After 19 children and two teachers were tragically killed by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas America’s gun laws are once again under scrutiny. President Biden has called for gun reform in the wake of the attack but many Republicans stand firm against any restrictions. Texas has also recently passed several laws which make it easier to access guns. The BBC’s Barbara Plett Usher reports from a vigil in Uvalde for those killed in the shooting. Also on the programme speaking to Mishal Husain was...

Duration:00:11:41

19 children among dead in primary school attack

5/25/2022
Nineteen children and two adults have died in a shooting at a primary school in Texas. The eighteen-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School – which teaches children aged seven to 10 – in the city of Uvalde. Today’s Nick Robinson hears from American reporter for the San Antonio Express-News Jacob Beltran who is based just a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting. He also speaks to Jennifer Hubbard, whose six-year-old daughter Catherine was killed at the mass shooting at...

Duration:00:18:48

The faces China never intended us to see.

5/24/2022
Data apparently hacked from Chinese police computers shows officers are ordered to shoot Uyghur Muslim prisoners on sight if they try to escape detention in the western region of Xinjiang. The BBC has been handed documents, including thousands of photographs, that shed light on China's secretive system of mass incarceration in the area. The BBC's former correspondent to China, John Sudworth uncovered much of what we know about the Uyghurs and spoke to Today’s Justin Webb from New York,...

Duration:00:14:05

Child social care: ‘For me being in care was like a never ending storm’

5/23/2022
A review into Children’s social care in England has called for an investment of over £2.6 billion in the next five years, to transform the system that will prevent the number of children ending up in care- which is already at record levels rising above 100,000 Today's Justin Webb spoke to Henrietta Imoreh who was placed into care at age 14, now aged 27 she believes her life would have been different if her mother had been offered help earlier, and Josh MacAlister, a former teacher who led...

Duration:00:08:40

Natasha Abrahart suicide: University discriminated against student

5/21/2022
Bristol University has been ordered to pay £50,000 in damages to the parents of a student who took her own life, after a senior judge ruled it had discriminated against her by failing to provide adequate support. Natasha Abrahart was 20 and a physics undergraduate who suffered from chronic social anxiety. She died a day before she was due to give an oral exam in front of teachers and fellow students in a lecture theatre. The university says that a range of options were offered to Natasha...

Duration:00:07:14

Life Reports

5/18/2022
What would you write about your life if you could be entirely frank and you didn't have that much longer on earth? Inspired by the Hospice Biographers project, which is an initiative to record the stories of people's lives in their final months, we asked listeners of the Today Programme to contact us with their life stories in 400 words. Amol Rajan introduces a collection of what people told us. (Image Credit:GETTY IMAGES)

Duration:00:30:04

Jacky Wright’s Today Programme

1/3/2022
Jacky Wright is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President at Microsoft US. For her Today guest edit, she asked whether young people are being taught the skills they need for the workplaces and jobs of the future. She grew up in Tottenham, North London, and went back for the programme, asking A level students at a school there what they thought would make them employable. She also used the programme to explore what everyday life was like for the generation of multiracial children...

Duration:01:40:05

Mina Smallman’s Today programme

1/1/2022
Mina Smallman, guest edited our first Today programme of 2022. Mina is a former Church of England archdeacon and school principal, who began campaigning on violence against women and equity in how victims are seen after two of her daughters were murdered. Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were murdered in a London park in 2020. For her programme Mina invited Mishal Husain to accompany her and her family and friends on a difficult visit back to the place where Nicole and Bibaa died, where a...

Duration:00:32:41

Dr Jane Goodall’s Today Programme

12/31/2021
Dr Jane Goodall is a primatologist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace. She is best known for revolutionising the world's understanding of chimpanzees. She used her Today guest edit to explore some of the ways we can inspire change to protect animals and our environment. She asked the BBC’s Climate Editor, Justin Rowlatt, to look at the links between poverty and climate change. The programme featured reporting from Tanzania where 30 years ago Jane challenged a...

Duration:00:36:30

General Sir Nick Carter’s Today Programme

12/30/2021
General Sir Nick Carter is a retired senior army officer who served as the UK’s Chief of Defence Staff until November this year. He used his Today guest edit to focus on the fallout from the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. He spoke to former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the man in charge of the country before the Taliban takeover. He also chatted with retired racing legend AP McCoy about what his own retirement might have in store for him. Finally, Sir Nick explored his deep love...

Duration:01:02:56

Raheem Sterling’s Today Programme

12/29/2021
The England and Manchester City footballer, Raheem Sterling used his Today programme guest edit to look at the issue of social mobility, after launching his own foundation earlier this year. His programme featured reporting from Jamaica where he was born and North London where he grew up. For his programme he also sat down with England manager, Gareth Southgate, the man he credits for his transition from being a target for a hostile press to a young man now trying to be the role model which...

Duration:00:52:28

Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate in conversation

12/29/2021
Today programme guest editor, the England and Manchester City player, Raheem Sterling wanted discuss what he, his team mates and the country had learned following the Euros this summer. For his programme he sat down with England manager, Gareth Southgate, the man he credits for his transition from being a target for a hostile press to a young man now trying to be the role model which so many call on footballers to become. Nick Robinson travelled to St George’s Park to meet them both.

Duration:00:35:51

James Rebanks’ Today Programme

12/28/2021
James Rebanks is a Cumbrian sheep farmer and bestselling author. He used his Today programme guest edit to focus on the government's changes to farm subsidies and to look at whether urban farms can create healthy and happy communities. He discussed whether the British countryside is diverse enough and asked how it can attract a workforce that better reflects modern Britain. Finally, indoctrinated by his father who took him to his first game at Anfield when he was ten, James Rebanks wanted us...

Duration:00:35:20

Michael Dobbs’ Today Programme

12/27/2021
Lord Dobbs, Michael Dobbs, is a Conservative Peer and author. He has written more than 20 books, but is best known for his political thriller House of Cards. He used his Today Programme guest edit to look at prostate cancer, after his diagnosis earlier this year. It’s a disease which killed his father and brother. His programme also featured a conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall about the importance of reading and a special retelling of the Christmas story from Joseph’s perspective,...

Duration:00:35:28

Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s Today programme

1/1/2021
Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover, presents the highlights from her guest edit of Today. The South African concept ‘Ubuntu’ or “I am because you are” is at the heart of her programme, reflecting on our common humanity. She hears from students at a pupil referrals unit, the charity Justice Defenders who work to improve access to justice, and also a Uighur child refugee exiled in Turkey. Including Mishal Husain and Martha Kearney. (Image: Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, credit: Jim...

Duration:00:47:58

Evan Spiegel’s Today programme

1/1/2021
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel presents all the highlights from his guest edit for Today, on the theme of the future of the USA. He looks at what big ideas have shaped modern America and what will continue to define it, including justice reform, how society can make wiser investments and the balance of power between tech companies and government. Including Mishal Husain and Simon Jack. (Image: Evan Spiegel, credit: Snap Inc)

Duration:01:04:49

Margaret Atwood’s Today programme

12/31/2020
Twice Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood guest edits Today, looking at the theme of change. She interviews climate activist (and 2019 Today guest editor) Greta Thunberg and speaks to The Prince of Wales about campaigning for the environment over several decades. Also, Margaret’s Booker Prize co-winner Bernardine Evaristo speaks to gal-dem founder Liv Little and birdwatcher extraordinaire Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl. Hosted by Margaret Atwood - including Martha Kearney and Mishal...

Duration:00:55:29

Lewis Hamilton’s Today programme

12/30/2020
Record-breaking Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton guest edits Today, looking at black British history, the environment, and the power of sport. Lewis speaks to historian Professor David Olusoga about the Black Lives Matter movement and black British historical figures who deserve more attention. We also hear from conservationist Dame Jane Goodall on animal extinction, and find out how motor racing is trying to become more environmentally friendly. Presented by Nick Robinson and Justin...

Duration:00:50:11